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teh_chariot


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In my opinion its Fred Nicole.


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In my opinion its this guy named Frank that lives near me. He boulders like V3 constantly! Not just once or twice....but every day. And, he doesent even brag about it. He's the man. I already hate this thread.


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I'm casting my vote for Fred as well.

-Josh


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Jim Holloway....hands down. Nicole is a badass, but not compared to Holloway. Holloway put up problems in the 70's with EBs and fires as the "latest hot shoe" that have yet to be repeated today! that's v12-13 in 1977.

Then there is John Gill......the one responsible for bouldering as we know it. Had he not come along you would be climbing trad right now.

Modern climbers are currently pushing the sport, but the pioneers were far ahead of their time!


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Who cares? Its just bouldering. bouldering alone is lame.


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your dumb mister


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Dai Koyamada, Fred Nicole, David Graham, to name a few

But in the end, who cares? 99.9% of us will never be near that level, so I think the more important boulderers are the ones that have done the most for us mortals, with guys like John Gill and John Sherman being my two choices.


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John Gill. We wouldn't be doing what we are today without him


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you guys are forgeting sharma and moon how could you forget sharma and moon
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freeforsum wrote:
Who cares? Its just bouldering. bouldering alone is lame.

Funny how all incredibly weak climbers say that.

Curt


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^This man speaks the truth....Sly


chalker7


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mchristie wrote:
Then there is John Gill......the one responsible for bouldering as we know it. Had he not come along you would be climbing trad right now.

What a tragedy! God forbid anyone climb trad. Shocked


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My vote is for Jim Holloway.


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What about these kids nowadays. Nobody has mentioned Daniel Woods, Paul Robinson, Jon Cardwell, Ethan Pringle, etc. They're picking up where the last generation has left off. Most of these kids have been pulling on double digit problems for the past 5 years, albeit mostly indoors, but are now taking it outside w/ a vengence. I think I read that Woods is repeating Graham and Litz problems in RMNP in a couple of tries. That's ridiculous. I've climbed w/ James and I know how inhuman his strength is and to think about someone being that much stronger is scary. I don't know but I wouldn't be too suprised if we see these kids take the next step.

Munky


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I vote for Jim Link. He got me started bouldering.


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This is a bit off topic but I wonder why we havn't seen a really strong boulderer who is really tall. I'm talking 6'4 and up. The only one I can think of who was really big was Holloway and I would argue that this definitely gave him an advantage on some of his problems in Boulder. Just curious what your thoughts would be. Imagine a gym bred youngster (16-20) at around 6'6". That combo could produce new lines way above anything out there.


climbing_guy295


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Chris Sharma.


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munky wrote:
This is a bit off topic but I wonder why we havn't seen a really strong boulderer who is really tall. I'm talking 6'4 and up. The only one I can think of who was really big was Holloway and I would argue that this definitely gave him an advantage on some of his problems in Boulder. Just curious what your thoughts would be. Imagine a gym bred youngster (16-20) at around 6'6". That combo could produce new lines way above anything out there.

That's not necessarily true, tall climbers have some advantages, but they have some disadvantages. Tall climbers have more reach no doubt, but they take up more space and that makes it harder for them to get into cramped positions. It's a trade-off, and so some problems they will have an advantage at, others they will have a much harder time with. Height really means nothing, you just learn to work with what you've got. Two of the best climbers I know are exact opposites, one is 5'3", the other is 6'0-2" and their styles are different, but they ultimately get through the same routes.


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The best boulderer is the one who never boulders.


curt


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erin wrote:
The best boulderer is the one who never boulders.

Well, if you "follow 10b sport" as your profile suggests, bouldering probably ain't for you.

Curt


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Dam! I say john gill, He was followed by Holloway next down the line, all the way to the kids pulling down V14+ ?


jh_angel


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curt wrote:
erin wrote:
The best boulderer is the one who never boulders.

Well, if you "follow 10b sport" as your profile suggests, bouldering probably ain't for you.

Curt

Actually it sounds like that is exactly what she needs... if she's a number chaser.

-Josh


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I could say "that's a little harsh," but you'd probably just get off on that. so I won't. ha. I thought she was going for a humorous, zen/grasshopper type thing, rather than some slight against bouldering.

on topic: I think we need some bouldering baseball cards or something, so we can more easily compare stats, sending averages, FAs batted in. blah, who gives a fuck?


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curt wrote:
freeforsum wrote:
Who cares? Its just bouldering. bouldering alone is lame.

Funny how all incredibly weak climbers say that.

Curt

No, I just think bouldering is practice for roping up. If all you do is boulder, then you’re missing the point of climbing. Going places on a rock wall that has a sense of commitment to get there is part of the fun of climbing. Not just “how hard can you pull”. That is the ego part of it. Don’t get me wrong. I have had some really great experiences bouldering, but roping up and climbing more than 25 feet Is were its at.


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freeforsum wrote:
curt wrote:
freeforsum wrote:
Who cares? Its just bouldering. bouldering alone is lame.

Funny how all incredibly weak climbers say that.

Curt

No, I just think bouldering is practice for roping up. If all you do is boulder, then you’re missing the point of climbing. Going places on a rock wall that has a sense of commitment to get there is part of the fun of climbing. Not just “how hard can you pull”. That is the ego part of it. Don’t get me wrong. I have had some really great experiences bouldering, but roping up and climbing more than 25 feet Is were its at.

Ah, the true "point of climbing"....thanks for clearing that up.

d.

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